R220. What's Luso Got To Do With It?

Aspen Room, Sheraton Seattle, 2nd Floor
Thursday, February 27, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Issues of identity and inclusivity—in literature and life—will be addressed by members of Presence/Presença, a grassroots organization that provides a community for North American writers of the Portuguese and Lusophone diaspora. Hear about how to reach out to writers who might feel marginalized, as well as fundamental requirements for creating a not-for-profit arts organization to nurture writers within our community, a desired goal for this organization, will also be discussed.



Amy Sayre Baptista’s stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Ninth Letter, S’ouwester, LUSO American Voices, and Chicago Noir. She is a CantoMundo fellow, a Pushcart Prize nominee, and a scholarship recipient to the Disquiet Literary Festival in Lisbon, Portugal.

PaulA Neves’ work has appeared in Quiddity, The Waiting Room Reader IIBetween MountainThe New Laurel ReviewThe Newark Metro; Lambda Literary Award finalist The Poetry of Sex; and Stonewall Book Award-winning Uncommon Heroes. Her scholarships include Dzanc Books and West Chester.

Melissa da Silveira Serpa serves on the executive committee of Litquake, San Francisco’s Literary Festival, and is a teaching artist for Poetry Inside Out, an education program run by the Center for the Art of Translation.

Marie Carvalho writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Her work has received an AWP Intro award, Ford Foundation and Wyoming Arts fellowships, a Dzanc Books scholarship, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. She teaches and works as a freelance writer in Honolulu.


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